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A Shriek in the Night

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A Shriek in the Night

Published 1933

A man falls to his death from the balcony of his penthouse apartment. Two reporters fighting over the scoop start to uncover a sinister plot.

You can find out more about this film on its IMDB page.

Run time 1:06:36
Producer M.H. Hoffman Jr.
Production Company Allied Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
Language English


Reviewer: I_like_old_movies - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2012
Subject: Worth Watching for Ginger Rogers
I like Ginger Rogers in just about anything, so it doesn't take much for me to crank up one of her movies. This one is ok, not great, but reasonably good for it's genre. Pretty good direction. Did I mention that I like Ginger Rogers?
Reviewer: Dark Moon - - July 5, 2011
Subject: That tapdancing, raining, typing sound
Review: Hate to rain on everyone's parade (or give you all a song and a tap dance), but that noise is the result of an old print, where the analogue optical soundtrack on the film is all scratched up. Think of it like an old scratched up vinyl record, except that scratches on the film affect a beam of light that shines through to a photo collector, instead of affecting a needle that runs in a record groove.

There are a few other old films here on IA that also have that noise, some worse than others.

Strip of film showing digital and analogue optical sound tracks

The stereo analogue tracks are the two on the right, that look like the waveform display in an audio file editor, or like an earthquake tracing on a seismograph. Unlike digital audio, analogue recording techniques cannot correct for scratches or other damage to the physical media.
Reviewer: Aitchondo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2010
Subject: A shriek in the night
Always loved Ginger. Not great movie, but fun. Was caught off guard with the (uncredited) appearance of Don Ameche as Eddie at the morgue. Not great, but fun and that's what I needed tonight.
Reviewer: Blade_Runner - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2010
Subject: ok movie
ok mystery movie. I thought the tap dancing sound was actually typewriters. like maybe they were still typing up the script as they were filming it.

I'll never look at a janitor the same way.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2010
Subject: Apartment for rent, cheap
Not really a who-done-it in the sense there are a lot of clues the audience can use to solve the crime. Nevertheless it's an okay murder mystery with a high body count and a good cast led by Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot of "Plan 9" infamy. The great Louise Beavers makes two brief appearances, as a maid of course. The snappy screenplay serves up a lot of wisecracks - a few of which are actually funny. A good effort all around that at times suffers from uneven direction. Still, there is more than enough here to please classic mystery fans and casual viewers. FOOTNOTES: Rogers and Talbot are also paired in the seriocomic who-done-it, "The Thirteenth Guest." Lyle Talbot appeared in more than 400 feature films.
Reviewer: Albert Schlef - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2010
Subject: Cute
Cute movie. Though there's something in the ending that's a bit buffling.
Reviewer: babe917 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2009
Subject: a fun mystery!!
i really enjoyed this movie. its a fun little mystery that you'll wanna watch! oh and at certain parts when no ones talkin it does sound like tap dancing. but other times to me it sounds like rain, like falling off a roof. but it didnt bother me...i just thought of it like another mystery :)
Reviewer: Christophereugene777 - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2009
Subject: Shot on a Tap dancing stage?
The movie was okay, but there was quite a bit of tap dancing in the background when dialogue was scarce. I wonder if this film shared a soundstage with a tap dance troupe. Was'nt that impressed with the ending.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2008
Subject: Silly entertainment
This makes an enjoyable double bill with 'The Thirteenth Guest'. Both star Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot, and have the same director, Albert Ray.
Reviewer: RM_115 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2008
Subject: Entertaining.
The story is an entertaining investigative mystery. It has many light moments to offset the seriousness parts and a surprise ending (the butler didn't do it). This flick is well worth the time to watch.
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